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KYANYAWARA STUDENTS SKYPE WITH BROOKWOOD SCHOOL, MASSACHUSETTS

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Preparing the mud

Kasiisi Project students from Kyanyawara School had the opportunity to get to know students from Brookwood School, MA via Skype. Finding enough telephone signal to connect a laptop to the internet was a challenge, but the Makerere University Biological Field Station 2 km away in Kibale Forest provide the ideal spot. Students asked each other questions about their countries and discussed how they were getting on with building fuel efficient
stoves.
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Plastering the Stove



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Finished product!

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Skyping with Brookwood School, MA


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Map of Uganda

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Map of Kibale National Park and Kyanyawara Primary School

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Brick Stove Stage 1
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Brick Stove Stage 2

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Brick Stove - Finished!


The Kasiisi Project works with 10,000 children in 14 government primary schools in rural western Uganda. All the schools are located within 5 km of Kibale National Park, a forest national park which is home to the largest population of chimpanzees in Uganda and over 400 elephants. The local human population is growing fast and presses hard against the park boundary, chipping away at its edges for farm land. People also illegally enter the forest to hunt, harvest timber and to get building materials. Gather firewood increases transmission of diseases between humans and primates and increasing human/wildlife conflict.
One of the biggest threats to Kibale National Park and the animals that live in it comes from a growing lack of wood in Uganda, both for construction and for fuel to cook. Most unprotected forest patches around Kibale Forest, that used to provide fuel, have now been cleared, and with each passing month, more people turn to the forest for fuel. Encouraging the use of fuel efficient stoves is a critical part of the efforts to address this growing problem. Children in our schools are the primary collectors of wood for their families so we want to get them excited about technology that reduces their work and helps to protect the forest.
Clean Stove Project chose Kyanyawara Primary School because it is located about 0.5 km from the forest boundary.

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Kyanyawara Primary School

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Lunch at Kyanyawara
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Kyanyawara School Garden
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Kyanyawara Library


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Kyanyawara School Soccer Team - Winners of the Brevard Zoo Soccer Cup 2011






Level of involvement/Schedule
School: The Kasiisi Project
Contact:
Amy Hanna amy.hanna330@gmail.com
Profile of students involved in Project:
8-12 students of P7 (Grade 6) from a government primary school with 550 students and 9 teachers. The students who belong to the Tooro tribe will have been learning English for 4 years. Most students come from subsistence, often illiterate, farming families.
Summary of school’s IT/emailing/Skype potential
Email is easy and Skyping relatively easily and is arranged using laptop computers and internet USB sticks. The signal can be variable and the time difference between EST and Uganda is currently 7 hours.
Summary of approach to project:
Due to the school Term 1 ending on April 20th, we have moved all the steps up by one month, so that our students can become active in the project before going on break, then come back from break for the Final Competition.
First meetings with students and begin to research background i
April 2nd - 6th: Pick students, introduce project and competition, discuss background of topic.
April 9th-13th: Plan discussion questions for Skype within our group, like what can our students share that might be of interest to those in the US? What questions may our students have regarding these stoves.
What are some challenges? Getting firewood? Cooking/daily life?
First available for global "get to know you" conversations with students in other countries
April 9th-19th
First stove building/experimentation
April 16-20
2 groups of 4 students compete for 16-brick stove vs the Earth rocket stove, but we may need our own version, without the metal round jacket.